Just a few questions on your laser treatments–how many times did you get laser on your face? Did you notice significantly less hair growth after just one treatment? Compared to your chest and legs, did it take more treatments?
For me, the number of treatments on the beard has been comparable to the number of treatments on my chest. I have not had as many treatments on my legs because they aren’t as hairy! The hair on my legs is not as coarse so we could start with higher fluences. On my chest, the hair got too fine for laser plus I had some very light colored hairs so I switched to electrolysis. Except for maybe 3 or 4 hairs that pop up every once in awhile my chest is hairless. I won’t be getting electro on my beard because I am happy with my results and I was not after total hairlessness there.
For some people, the beard takes more treatments because the hair is very dense (lots of hairs close together) and coarse (each hair is thick). They have to start out a lower fluences or there would be a lot of swelling. I had 40-50% reduction after one Sciton treatment. I have had 8 treatments so far and I am thinking of stopping as I have reached 90% reduction. I have some hair in the chin area, but that doesn’t bother me at all. Now I can skip a day or two of shaving and not look hideous! All the neck hair under the chin area was just ridiculous and it took forever to shave. Now I am mostly rid of that.
Before laser (and IPL) it took me 25-30 minutes to shave, no matter what razor or blade was used. Now it takes 3-4 minutes. When I started I had a thick continuous beard from under my nose down to my neckline. Now I have sparse facial hair and noticebale hair in the chin area.
I really like the idea of reducing facial hair but I read somewhere that it can only result in a maximum reduction of 15-20% of the beard. That doesn’t sound like much but it might get rid of the five o’clock shadow effect after shaving and lead to less shaving in general.
It has definitely helped with the five o’ clock shadow. I wonder where the 15-20% maximum reduction figure originated. Maybe from a disgruntled electrologist or an incompetent laser practitioner. Or someone who had a bad experience and generalized it to everyone.
As promising as laser sounds, some people wrote that they got pits or wrinkles after laser treatment–what was your experience like? Did it cause a lot of peeling or sensitivity to sunlight afterwards? Some members reported an increase in hair growth–maybe, the setting was too low and actually stimulated the hair follicles which lead to greater hair growth.
No, I never had any of those things happen. I stayed out of the sun or used SPF 30 for two weeks after my last beard treatment of the season. With the Nd:YAG lasers you can go out in the sun sooner than with diode or alex lasers. You will definitely be sensitive to the sun after being treated with an alex or diode laser. I never experienced that with the Nd:YAG.
I have also had very good results in my last two treatments with the Cutera Pro Wave 770 IPL. The wavelengths are adjustable on it. I was treated in Program B with medium wavelengths and pulse widths.
There have been reports of increased hair growth with shorter wavelength lasers and IPLs at 650-950 nm. A laser rep that I talked to confirmed that it can happen when a patient is undertreated.